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Swan's Effort
"I was a swan trying my best to float in the lake!"
  A swan is a large aquatic bird related to ducks and geese. It has a long, gracefully curved neck and an extremely long, convoluted trachea which makes possible its far-carrying calls. The swan is an beautiful, graceful, spotlessly white, and awesomely large, it draws admiring looks in lakes while smoothly swirling in the water.
  But, underneath this elegant swimmer, its web-feet are flipping constantly in order to keep its heavy body a float in the water. Swans are the heaviest flying birds in the whole world.
  From a cub reporter to editor-in-chief of The Dongguk Post, I did my best. When I was a cub reporter three years ago, my skills of persuasion and logic were weak and I had no confidence to speak when we had an item conference (a meeting held to discuss items that are going to be published in the Post). The items I had prepared were not even discussed among the reporters. At that time, I admired my seniors who seemed to have abroad knowledge and were confident when they voiced their thoughts. I wanted to be like my seniors, too.
  Time passed and new cub reporters entered the Post and I became their senior. At first, they were a heavy burden for me to carry. I kept asking myself, "What if they think I am not a good senior?" and "What if they notice my poor capability on everything?"
  I wanted to look perfect to them. Before we had an item conference, I pretended that I had no worries on finding good items in front of my juniors, but when they left the Post office, I cried my eyes balls out worrying and searching for a decent item. When an item was found, I called every source for specific information to strengthen my article. And I couldn't even sleep the day before the conference, so I practice my speech in front of my sister and friends. I sometimes even recorded myself to check if I make any small mistakes.
  I also wanted to look perfect in front of former Post editors and professors who proofread our articles and advise us. So I did my best to do the work on time and effectively. Sometimes I had to scold and yell at my juniors since they were late with articles. And in order to work effectively and efficiently, I had to keep up with every small event including our reporters' time schedules, attending times, etc.
  As a result of my effort, most of the items that I had prepared were complimented by reporters and some of the articles were even praised on the school bulletin board by our readers. Because of my effort, deadlines were kept and the publishing date was never delayed.
  When swan is smoothly swirling in the lake through its steady and graceful movement, she is constantly and strenuously flipping her feet underneath the water. My accomplishment at the Post was not by luck but by hard work.
  Now it is time for me to leave The Dongguk Post pond and fly to a bigger lake.

Yoon Ji-won  jiwon@dongguk.edu

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